Lockpicking Starter Kit

Thanks for checking out this single-pin picking starter kit! I've tried to include basic supplies to get started picking and reconfiguring common North American locks, but as you continue you'll discover what supplies you want based on your interests :)

This set should give you the tools to pick many Schlage, Kwikset, Master Lock, and similar door locks and padlocks.
(But remember! Don't pick locks you don't own! Don't pick locks that are in use!)

What are these tools?

Lock cylinder (KIK)

This is the lock! In detail, this is a pin tumbler cylinder in a key-in-knob (KIK) format. It's drilled for 5 pin chambers, and has a Schlage C keyway that takes SC1 keys.

Right now there's only one pin chamber populated.

Lock cylinder (mortise, grubbed)

This is also a lock! It's very similar to the above except it's in a mortise format. It's been modified to have grub screws at the top of the pin chambers which allow you to easily add and remove pin stacks.

Right now all 5 pin chambers are populated.


A medium and deep hook should serve you well while you're learning, but I apologize that there're only two styles of picks because of budget constraints >.<

When you want more picks, I would avoid cheap sets and get individual picks from a higher-quality manufacturer. (Start around $5 a pick, though, not $50!) People in the communities below can give good recommendations.

Turning tools/tensioners

It's impossible to have enough different tensioners! I carry more different tensioners than I do different lockpicks.

In tensioning there are two main styles: bottom- and top-of-keyway.

Disassembly tools

You can disassemble the lock by following kokomolock's locksmithing basics video, which will allow you to repin it.

  • Plug follower (with notch cut for mortise plug)
  • Core shims
  • Key blanks (SC1 and KW1)
  • Tweezers
  • 1/16" hex wrench for ⅛" 6-32 grub screws on mortise cylinder

Repinning supplies

What to get next?

It's possible to find more locks for cheap at thrift stores (particularly Habitat for Humanity) or places that sell used construction materials. If you approach a friendly locksmith and indicate that you're interested in locksport, they may be willing to sell some spare or discard cylinders.

When you're looking for more difficult challenges, Lockpickers United has a list of progressively more difficult locks, their "belt list", which is a good (approximate) reference of a lock's difficulty.

Learn more

I recommend TOOOL's lockpicking 101 course, if you want a refresher.

For gaining confidence and picking repeatably, I can't recommend enough: the "Jiggle test" and the four fundamental pin states, by naswek.


More about locks themselves

Lock history!



Discord chatrooms


Lesser-known YouTube follows ;)